Vegetables


These came in the mail for me on the same day: I have a feeling Star Wars: The Force Awakens will break all the box office records, or at least the December ones. It’ll probably break all the merchandising records as well. Heck, I want to get my older grandson a BB-8 and he has no idea about any of this stuff at all. Yet when I showed him the photo, he was immediately attracted to it, oohing and aahing, as if he knew all about...

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Veni, vidi, coxi…

Veni, vidi, coxi…


Posted By on Sep 16, 2014

…or in your native tongue, I came, I saw, I cooked. I used to teach Latin at UNM for a few years, yet I never had any reason to know the word for “cook.” Until now, that is. Like so many Latin verbs, coquo refers to just about anything you might do in the kitchen (at least with preparing food, I mean—get your mind out of the gutter!), so it refers to cooking, baking, roasting, frying, boiling, steeping,...

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I am putting aside my summertime blues, at least temporarily. One day long ago, as I was cruising the aisles at Costco (which is sort of the holiest of shrines for me), I spied a reasonably priced package containing two 32-ounce jars of artichoke hearts packed in water. I thought, fabulous; these will be really handy to have around to put in…well, something… And a year passed while the jars continued to sit on my pantry...

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Bob Can’t Stand Cooked Cabbage…

Bob Can’t Stand Cooked Cabbage…


Posted By on Mar 13, 2014

When I first got married to Bob, I had to get used to all the vegetables he didn’t like. These dislikes were informed by a childhood spent with pressure-cooked, often smelly vegetables, which his grandma or his aunt seemed to prepare always when they knew he and his brother would be visiting. So—turnips, rutabagas, okra, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and summer squashes are definitely NOT welcome in our house. I...

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…at home, because Bob and I are farty old married folks who don’t like crowds very much (mostly Bob). Of course, when we were dating and newly wed, we used to go out for a fancy dinner. Bob usually felt obligated to buy flowers for me, or some sort of chocolate, or some sort of jewelry. Later on, we realized that I don’t really care that much for fresh flowers in my house since they only last a few days and they end...

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We’ve all encountered it. The recipe sounds great on paper—you follow all the directions perfectly, then you proudly set it on the table. How do you/your meal companions react? Meh. Food is the most subjective subject in the world, don’t you think? For every recipe you find delicious, someone else will perceive it to be mediocre or awful. This happened to me a few months ago when I treated myself to an issue of Bon...

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